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Assistant Professor of Italian Studies - 000895

University of Richmond
Virginia, Richmond, USA

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Assistant Professor of Italian Studies - 000895

The University of Richmond's Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Italian Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2024. We seek a teacher-scholar with research and teaching interests in the 20th and/or 21st centuries. The department welcomes expertise in at least two of the following areas: Italian Literature, Cinema, and Culture; Mediterranean and Transcultural Studies; Ethnic and/or Minority studies; Colonialism and Post-Colonialism; Italian-American Culture and Literature; Translation Studies; Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism; Gender and Sexuality studies; Medical Humanities. Native or near-native fluency in Italian and English and a strong commitment to teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum are required. We are particularly interested in applicants willing to engage in collaboration with the University's programs in Film Studies, Global Studies, History, Art History, Classical Studies, WGSS (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and/or PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law). Experience in language teaching and instructional technologies is preferred. The regular teaching load will be five courses per academic year or the equivalent.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community that values the expression of difference in ways that promote a sense of belonging as well as excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online at and submit:

- a curriculum vitae

- a cover letter

- a statement of research interests (two pages maximum) that includes, if applicable, reflections on how the candidate's present and future scholarship may address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

- a teaching statement (two pages maximum) that articulates the candidate's teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. Applicants should also describe their approach to teaching language courses with the aim of generating student interest and maintaining enrollments.

- copies of academic transcripts.

- The names and contact information of three references who may be asked, at a later date, to submit letters of recommendation.

- Finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample drawn from their scholarship.

Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Please direct all inquiries about this position to Anthony Russell (, search committee chair and Italian Studies Section Coordinator.


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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